My Rural Connection

January 25, 2020

Busting the myth. There are beautiful villages in Jharkhand, home to culturally-rich Adivasis

Preconceived notions are dangerous. The general tendency is that when we think Jharkhand, we think about poverty-stricken people or the Naxal menace. Here’s a photo series to prove you wrong

Abhishek Verma
January 25, 2020

Pushed to the edges, these Kolis continue to hold on to an age-old way of life

These fisherfolk, said to be one of the earliest inhabitants of what is now the teeming metropolis of Mumbai, continue to stick to traditional values, customs and culture despite the challenges posed by being in the heart of the city

Shriti K Tyagi
January 23, 2020

The history of fragrance: How attar or ittar has evolved from one era to the other

The earliest record of perfume-making in India can be found in the ‘Brihat Samhita’, an encyclopaedia authored by a 6th century astronomer, mathematician and astrologer who lived in Ujjain

Harsh Pathak
January 23, 2020

Want to know how molten crystals are transformed into colourful lac bangles? Watch this photo feature

Intricately designed and colourful lac bangles are extremely popular among women. Worn by married women, these are considered a sign of good omen. Making these bangles, however, is a tedious process

Gaon Connection
December 31, 2019

The soul of India lives in its villages …

Seventy per cent of India’s rural population resides in around 6.4 lakh villages. Yet, villages are not part of the mainstream public policy or academic discourse in India. Hope the year 2020 changes this. It is time to empower the village population

Divendra Singh
December 30, 2019

Artists from India, abroad set the stage on fire, promote tribal culture & tradition

Chhattisgarh hosted its first tribal dance festival between December 27 and 29 at Raipur. Around 2,500 artists showcased traditional tribal dances performed on weddings, crop harvesting & festivals

Gaon Connection
December 30, 2019

O Human being! How fair is it to offer biscuits, chips and cold drinks to wild bears?

Few wild bears have become frequent visitors to the temples of deities situated on hilltops, adjoining or in the forests of Chhattisgarh … not to pray but to have food which devotees give to the visiting bears

Nitin Singhvi
December 30, 2019

There are the dragonflies and then there are damsels! Next time you visit a village, do bond with them

Dragonflies and damselflies play a vital role in ecosystem maintenance. If these beautiful creatures are to survive, we must act wisely to reduce water pollution and safeguard our wetlands

Pankaj Koparde